The Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 and wounding dozens in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting will be back in a military court today.

Fort Hood officials provided little details on the hearing, but said the presiding judge, Col. Tara Osborn, will rule on previously litigated matters.

Those will likely include some procedural matters for jury selection and other logistics, which the judge set to begin July 9. Defendant Maj. Nidal Hasan may submit a witness list for his defense.

The most contentious motions were settled during recent hearings. Osborn ruled Hasan may not call the Fort Hood attack a protection of Afghani Taliban fighters as a defense to the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting.

That ruling became closely tied to the judge’s denial of Hasan’s request for a three-month delay. Hasan based his motion on needing time to prepare his “defense of others” strategy.

Osborn ruled that since the tactic would be inadmissible, Hasan would be given no time to prepare the defense many military law experts called frivolous. However, Osborn provided Hasan three weeks to prepare for his trial even after the 42-year-old officer rescinded another request for a delay.

Jury selection is set to begin July 9, with testimony set for Aug. 9.

Hasan could be executed if convicted of the numerous charges the government has leveled against him.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

 

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